In the wake of Virgil Abloh’s passing, the late fashion designer will be awarded his own day in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. As TMZ reported, city officials wanted to pay homage to the Off White star by officially celebrating his accomplishments and positive impact on the youth of his community. For this reason, they’ve designated the first of December as “Virgil Abloh Day.” The start of the annual commemoration will take place tomorrow (Dec. 1) after Mayor McNamara reads a proclamation and announces the special day.
Abloh, known for breaking barriers as an African American man in the fashion industry, silently battled an aggressive form of cancer while creating relationships with celebrities and fellow designers who have flooded social media with tributes since his tragic death.
Tyler, the Creator remembered the icon as being a “cheerleader” who “opened doors, lead people in and tossed the keys outside for the next person to have.” Giorgio Armani praised his “new approach to fashion and communication, with a strong sense of inclusivity,” and Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of the Louis Vuitton where Abloh worked as a creative director, revealed he would pay tribute to the star by presenting his final collection in Miami.
“It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Virgil Abloh,” Burke wrote. “Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times. He paved the way for future generations. As a devoted supporter of his community through his charities and passions, he was an eternal optimist who believed anything was possible.”
“In this same spirit, we at Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes,” he continued. “I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest thoughts are with his wife, children, parents, family and the entire community that was touched by his greatness.”